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New Year Honours – Dedicated NHS Staff at CNWL recognised

28 December 2018

(Claire Murdoch pictured left)

CBE for Claire Murdoch, Mental Health Nurse and Chief Executive of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Citation: “For Services to the NHS.”

OBE for Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Psychiatrist and founder of CNWL’s National Problem Gambling Clinic,
Citation: “Founder and Director, National Problem Gambling Clinic. For Services to Addiction Treatment and Research.”

Claire, 58, who lives in Muswell Hill with her husband Roy and two sons, 21 and 24, said, “I love the NHS and my 35 years working in it. But I have always worked as part of a team. I am privileged to accept this Honour by remembering all the great dedicated people I have worked with, and still do; above all, the patients and families I have had the pleasure to help. I’m looking forward to the next important years; more determined than ever to deliver an improving NHS. “

Dr Bowden-Jones, 54, from London, said, “I am truly delighted to have received this honour for my work in Addiction treatment and research having dedicated my entire professional life to this disease. About 100 million people in the world suffer from alcohol use disorders and about 27 million people are opioid dependent. Many more are experiencing harm from other drugs and from behavioural addictions.

“I would like to dedicate this award to the children of addicted parents in recognition of all the suffering they are experiencing and of the harm it has caused them.

“We will continue fighting this illness until science leads us to be able to prevent it. Furthermore, I would like to express my gratitude to this Government for taking seriously the issue of Gambling Disorder and the harm it causes not just to problem gamblers but to their spouses and children.”

Claire Murdoch CBE

Professor Dorothy Griffiths OBE, the chair of CNWL, said, “I am delighted that our outstanding Chief Executive, Claire Murdoch, has been recognised for her services to the NHS over many years at many levels and that Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones has been recognised for her pioneering and very important work on gambling addictions. It makes me very proud that these two wonderful women work for CNWL.”

Claire Murdoch

Claire has been the Chief Executive of CNWL NHS Foundation Trust for more than a decade and is also a registered Nurse.

Over the past 30, plus years she has held a series of positions working in community mental health, substance misuse and learning disabilities services.

Claire joined CNWL as an Executive Director in 1999. She has a keen interest in social policy and holds a first class honours degree in this area.

In June 2016 she was appointed as National Mental Health Director at NHSE and will be working with the NHSE Mental Health Policy and Programme Team to deliver the 5 Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Dr Henrietta Bowden Jones

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as Consultant psychiatrist in Addictions. She has worked for over twenty years at CNWL and is the current President of the Medical Women’s Federation.

She is the Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic. The clinic is the first and only NHS multidisciplinary treatment centre in the UK for the treatment of problem gamblers, it has been inundated by thousands of referrals since its opening in 2008 and holds an extensive national database on pathological gambling.
She is the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spokesperson on Behavioural Addictions as well as having been an elected member of the Executive Committee Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for nine years until 2014.

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE

Henrietta leads the Problem Gambling Research Consortium, collaborating with various universities on different research projects exploring the nature of pathological gambling from a neurobiological and clinical perspective.
She teaches Behavioural Addictions at Imperial College in her role as Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine.

Other roles include:
• Member of the WHO expert advisory group on Gaming and Gambling disorder.
• Board Member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine Board Member of Psychiatry Council at the Royal Society of Medicine.
• Board Member of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Addictions
• Trustee of the charity Action on Addiction
• Patron of the charity Sporting Chance Clinic after serving for ten years as Trustee
• Past member of the Government’s Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (2009-2016)